The widebody freighter fleet — Part II

Yesterday, in Part I of this analysis of the widebody freighter fleet as it stood at the end of January 2018, we offered an overview of the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters. We concluded Part I with a chart showing every airline that operates widebody jet freighters in commercial service, including […]
  • David Harris
  • February 13, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet: Growing again, but slowly

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of widebody jet freighters in commercial service, as of 31 January, 2018. We start with a look at the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and in the coming days will move on to the ways in which the fleet has […]
  • David Harris
  • February 12, 2018

Amazon edges closer to becoming an integrator

In recent years, Seattle-based e-tailer Amazon has doubled-down on the expansion of its supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, launching a dedicated freighter network, and enlarging the reach of its own-operated last-mile delivery services to include some 37 US cities. Many in the air freight industry have long believed that it would only be a matter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 9, 2018

New-build 767 freighters for SF Express? And who else?

Cargo Facts has learned that the long-rumored negotiations between China-based SF Express and Boeing regarding an order for new-build 767-300Fs may have finally borne fruit, with SF placing a five-unit order. SF Airlines, the air arm of SF Express, has made no secret of its plans to expand its widebody fleet, and has so far […]
  • David Harris
  • February 9, 2018

China Southern inks deal with Boeing for 737-800BCF conversion line

Last week, Boeing and China Southern Airlines Group quietly inked a strategic cooperative agreement that will dramatically expand the capabilities of China Southern’s Guangdong-area MRO facilities. In addition to a number of technology transfers related to repair and maintenance projects across Boeing’s widebody aircraft platforms, Boeing has also agreed to establish a 737-800 conversion line […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 8, 2018

Guangdong Aerocity signs LOI with EFW for ten A320 conversions

Just one day after announcing Vallair as the launch customer for its A321P2F conversion program (click here for that story), EFW followed up with the news that China-based Guangdong Aerocity Holding Co Ltd (GDA) signed a Letter of Intent “for a potential order of 10 A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions to be carried out by EFW.” […]
  • David Harris
  • February 8, 2018

Vallair is the launch customer for EFW’s A321P2F

At the Singapore Air Show today, Luxembourg-based lessor Vallair confirmed it had placed a launch order with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) for ten A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions. The first aircraft is scheduled for induction in the fourth quarter of 2018, with redelivery planned by the end of 2019. EFW, a 60/40 joint venture of ST Aerospace and […]
  • David Harris
  • February 7, 2018

Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • CarynLivingston
  • February 7, 2018
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